The Scouts have finally finished the boats we started nearly two years ago and wanted to get these photos of the boys taking them out on Beaver Lake earlier this month. It was a perfect evening to go out and the boys really enjoyed themselves. The sense of pride in their faces knowing that they build something that actually floated was great to see.
I would like to thank you again on behalf of the 3rd Douglas Scout Group for your generous donation of material to make this project happen.
We have some talented customers! This is someone’s layup of there next project…
Poetic Justice – an innovative idea by Bruce Obee of North Saanich, BC
The dreaded miracle moulding has made a comeback as something useful—a drying rack for oiled fir.
Won at a boat in a raffle from Cowichan Maritime Museum last October, this boat has only been in the water once. It’s a beautiful 10 ft Lapstrake Acorn Dinghy with 9 ft Oars. The value placed on the boat by the builder was $8000.00. The owners already store an 18ft Tracker boat and only have a single car garage, so sadly it needs to go.
THIS BOAT HAS BEEN SOLD
Apron Nesting Tables
By Paul Miller
The walnut solids are ebonized with ferrous ion solution and the tops are identical four way matches of Walnut burl.
There’s a Lumberjocks project post here. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/105156
And a build blog here. http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/series/7468
My father (1919-2013) was born with salt water in his veins. Boats were it for him. And although not formally trained as a naval architect he was a self-taught boat designer and member of the Society of Small Craft Designers. My childhood holds memories of him spending long evenings – night after night – hunched over his drafting table deep in the dungeon of our basement.
One of his customers was William (Bill) Smith – an airborne pilot and member of the BC Forest Service. Bill had a dream and came to dad. Together they came up with a design and a plan. Unfortunately, he contracted Lou Gehrig’s Disease and as I was still ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ my details are sketchy. I do however remember the hours both my Dad and Bill spent on this project. Sadly Bill died far too young before achieving his dream.
I do not recall what happened to Bill’s family or the boat – which was never finished. I do have a vague recollection of Margaret (Bill’s wife) finding a seller for the hull. As I was sorting through my dad’s boxes and file cabinets (I’m talking income taxes from 1957; utility bills from the 80’s) I did come across this photo (below right) and felt it deserved sharing.
We all have dreams. Certainly Jan has more than his fair share. Long may they live. And if we only see a quarter to closure, we are surely blessed.
Thanks to this month’s contributors for submitting photos and details of there projects.
Yellow Cedar Chest
His photo also came with this lovely testimonial, thanks David!
Many months ago, you folks helped me in my search for some top-of-the-line yellow cedar for a carving project. You found a log on North Vancouver Island. It was milled shipped to you, and you alerted me to its arrival. I came, selected some pristine timber and went away poorer but happy! The project was a wedding present for my son and now daughter-in-law. You asked if you could have a photo of the results, which delighted all concerned. Many thanks again to all of you for your fine service and knowledge.
Guitar & Douglas-fir Bar
Patrick Poulin made the beautiful guitar, it was a hobby project and will be his first and last guitar. Come on Patrick! We know talent when we see it!
Kevin Morrin made the bar top and had this to say about his West Wind experience:
I found a great slab of fir in your loft this fall, and you help plane and cut the mitres. It all came together really well and I’m really happy with how the bar top ended up looking. Thanks for the extra time spend addressing some issues with the measurements. On the hunt for another project now!
Great Kevin, you know where to find us!
Our customer Matt Dolmage was busy over the holidays with creating more beautiful guitars and speakers.
- Vessel design by A. Mason, Model Sedan Flybridge
- Built in 1957 by Chivers Boatworks of Victoria, B.C.
- Carvel planked red cedar on oak frames
- 55hp, Chrysler Nissan diesel 4-cyl engine installed new in 1977
Boat purchased on December 31, 1965 out of Canoe Cove by current owner. It was used during summer months out of Qualicum Beach between 1966 and 1982. It has been well maintained and kept dry in boatshed during winter months. Has been in storage in covered boatshed since 1982. Have copies of all three surveys performed since 1965. The last one dated April 1982.
Open to any reasonable offers to the right home! For more information contact Bill Seymour at email@example.com or by phone at 250-474-0548.
“Not only is she beautiful as boats go with her fine lines, but she is also a fine sailing boat, fast for her size, gentle to handle, and extremely seaworthy. And she is a lucky boat, too, in that her owners have always, somehow, managed to maintain her, repair her, and restore her in such a way that she is now fully restored, still sailing, and still looking beautiful.”
– H.C. Charlesworth (Former Owner), Dorothy I, A Sailor’s Legacy.
Dorothy experienced 11 owners in her life before her donation to the Maritime Museum of B.C. in 1995. Under the auspices of the MMBC, she sailed proudly until February 2003 when she was taken out of the water in February 2003 and put into storage.
For nine years she stayed dry-docked at the SALTS tallship society. Hard decisions had to be made about her care. The Museum was rapidly being drained of the legacy fund to storage fees, but a full restoration was extremely expensive and they were unlikely to find someone to do it for what they could afford. Dorothy waited.
There was so much wrong with her – bad repairs, dissimilar metals that broke down the wood, mysterious rot around her keel – it was suggested to the Museum she might as well be burned or left to die. Shipwright Tony Grove heard this assessment of doom. And based on his thirty years of experience in building and restoring wooden boats, just couldn’t believe she was beyond repair and decided to take a look. The ‘Friends of Dorothy’ rallied.
Today, Dorothy has somehow survived to be Canada’s oldest functioning sailboat, and is about to be restored to glory – to race again in 2014! And so, after 9 years in dry storage, Dorothy was trucked to Gabriola Island where the rest of Dorothy’s story will be written.
How can you become part of a community that cares about our maritime history; enjoy bragging rights as valued contributor to the restoration of this 166 year old vessel; take pleasure in privileged access to behind-the-scenes footages, images, stories?
Contact Tobi Elliott @ firstname.lastname@example.org call 604-832-7034.
Visit dorothysails.com to sign up for “Dorothy in the Grove”. This subscription service gives you behind-the-scenes access to the rebuilding of Dorothy; includes videos, how-to’s, audio podcasts and photos unique to Dorothy supporters.
Contact Tobi Elliott @ email@example.com call 604-832-7034.
SUBMIT YOUR DOROTHY PHOTOS! Archival photos of ‘Dorothy’ through the century; let us know if you can help out!
Contact Tobi Elliott @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-832-7034.
Did you get the message yet?! Give Toby a shout now!!
Thanks to Tony, Tobi and the crew at Dorothy Sails for use of their images.
Visit Pender Island this June 28th & 29th to experience the Hope Bay Boat Days. A wonderful, family friendly event sure to impress with live outdoor music, kids boat building, rowing races and much more!
visit hopebayboatdays.com for more information.